- the hairy black and white caterpillar of the goldtail moth
C16: originally applied to various destructive caterpillars of migratory habits
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Examples from the Web for palmer worm
Chætochilus pometellus, (Harris), is commonly called the Palmer-worm.American Pomology
J. A. Warder
The first is in Joel i. 4: "That which the palmer-worm hath left, hath the locust eaten."
The Jewish Bible retains the reading of palmer-worm, but affixes the mark of doubt, as it does to the canker-worm.